Originally Posted by BCF68
I can see them cutting OTA down to channel 36 instead of 30. I think they are starting to realize that giving channels 31-51 to mobile won't work because of channel 37. Channels 31-36 in of themselves would be useless. If the FCC allows higher power limits on hi-VHF( and it stations actually use them ) and with improvements recievers perhaps Hi-VHF can be more useful for DTV. But I don't expect this to happen for 4 or 5 years at least.
The only way VHF is going to work for most people, is with rooftop, outdoor antennas. Maybe the FCC should do what I said years ago, at the beginning of the Digital Transition....
Modify the OTARD rules, to allow people to install antennas ANY PLACE they need to, to get reliable reception...even if it's on the roof of a condo or apartment building. (That would encourage building owners to go with a common antenna for all).
Require that all new construction, and all re-modeling over a certain amount, include an antenna system on MDU's of, say, four units or more.
They are already requiring such things as cell-phone repeaters in new building construction, so why not include the only reliable alternative people have....broadcast?